We’re looking for motivated students who want to reinvent tomorrow and make a lasting impact.
Our vacation and intern / co-op programmes provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, apply skills to real-life projects, and get a taste of life at Rio Tinto.
The programmes vary in length and frequency depending on the region and can include opportunities to work in both office-based roles in bigger cities, or in remote locations where you relocate for the internship period or travel via a fly in/fly out schedule.
The best part? You can secure a graduate position at the end of the programme.
Deciding if our graduate programme is for you?
Hear from our past grads
My original plan was a career in medicine. I didn’t actually know much about mining but I came across a drill & blast video and was very intrigued.
I knew too that a mining engineering degree would create a lot of opportunities for me, including leadership roles – so I went for it!
There was a period where I didn’t think I was cut out for it. I wasn’t sure if this was an industry that would welcome me. I still remember the first time I walked into a mining lecture at university and I was the only woman in the whole theatre. I felt a little out of place. But at that moment, I knew I had to focus on what I wanted rather than think about barriers.
I’m so grateful for the tremendous support my mentors provided me during my graduate programme and I’m so thrilled to be able to do the same for others. I’ve already started mentoring other young women, giving them insights into the industry and making sure they know about the endless career opportunities available to them.”
Graduate Process Engineer, Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada
From day one I’ve had a clear path set for me. I’ve worked with my supervisors from the start to set my learning objectives and re-visited them every four months to set new ones. They’ve always given me hands-on experience where I can set objectives and goals myself and follow through on results. I’m the one responsible for my success, so I work harder to meet expectations.
Rio Tinto places more importance on the skills you bring to the table, how you work with others, your aspirations, your ability to think critically, and the value you place on safety.
I’m almost at the end of the two-year graduate programme. Right now, I’m working on several process improvement initiatives for fine diamond recovery. During the final year of the programme, you get to work with other grads from around the world on a solution to help address the UN’s sustainable development goals. Sustainability has always been a passion of mine, so it’s exciting that I get to work on such an important issue. We’ve learned new ways of thinking to help solve some of the problems the world is facing.
The mentorship sessions have been one of the most valuable opportunities; I’ve been able to speak with women in leadership roles in mining and seek their advice. Another great aspect is the networking opportunities – not only with other grads in the programme, but senior executives within Rio Tinto and other organisations too.”
Drill and Blast Engineer, Kennecott copper operations, US
I’m passionate about emerging technology and how we can apply these new ideas to solve old problems.
I was keen to learn about using drones in traditional survey work. So, as part of the graduate programme, I was able to get my professional drone licence and spend time with the survey team learning about how they use drones to keep people away from potentially hazardous environments while still collecting high-quality data. I hope to work more in mining automation in the future.
The Rio Tinto Graduate Programme gave me the flexibility to try different roles and work with many teams. Since I joined as an intern in 2015, I’ve worked in operations, asset management, drill and blast, and short-range planning. This meant I was able to learn from different teams across the mine site.
Not all my different experiences were exactly what I was expecting, but I found value and learned from them all!”